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Summer Updates and Back to School Information

Summer Updates and Back to School Information

Wednesday, May 24 is the last day of school for all Lakota students. We hope that everyone has a safe and fun summer break with family and friends.

Back-to-School Information

The first day of school for the 2023-2024 school year for grades K-12 is Wednesday, Aug. 16. Similar to the last few years, students in grades 1-12 will begin the year over a two-day period based on the first letter of their last name. Students with last names M-Z will report on Wednesday, Aug. 16, while students with last names A-L will report on Thursday, Aug. 17. All students in grades 1-12 will report to school on Friday, Aug. 18.

Phase-in days for kindergartners will continue for two additional days on Friday, Aug. 18 and Monday, Aug. 21, with half of each kindergarten class reporting each day (specific dates to be communicated by each school). Kindergarten students will not report on Tuesday, Aug. 22, while all kindergarten students will report for the first time all together on Wednesday, Aug. 23.  

Click to view both the printable calendar and online calendar.

A back-to-school FAQ with more information will be posted on the Back-to-School Hub in July. Lakota will again provide students in grades K-8 with a supply kit that includes pencils, notebooks, etc. Any additional supplies needed will be included in the back-to-school FAQ. Students in grades 9-12 will receive supply lists from their teachers at the start of the school year. Preschool will provide all needed school supplies.

Check the district and school websites, along with social media accounts, throughout the summer for additional information and general Lakota news. 


Transportation Requests for the 2023-2024 School Year

To ease the transition to a new school year and honor families’ requests for alternative pick-up and drop-off locations for transportation, Lakota is asking that families submit transportation forms by Aug. 3 to receive transportation on the first day of the 2023-24 school. Note that all transportations forms are now a part of Final Forms.

Click for more details on transportation for the 2023-2024 school year.


Lakota Welcome Center Summer Operations

The Lakota Welcome Center is open year-round, and will be available throughout the summer to welcome families new to the district for the 2023-24 school year.

Please access the Welcome Center webpage for instructions on how to register for school, update your address, withdraw and more. We encourage you to direct all questions to

You may also call the Welcome Center at 513-682-4120 and your call will be returned within 24-48 hours. 


School Offices Closed June 26-July 7

School building offices will be closed to the public for two weeks this summer, from June 26 through July 7 (there are a few exceptions based on staffing availability – those will be posted at the building). The Central Office will remain open during normal operating hours throughout the summer.


Summer Food Service Program & Free/Reduced Meals Application

The Lakota Local School District, in partnership with the Faith Alliance, is participating in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program this year. Meals will be provided daily to all children (ages 18 and younger and individuals with disabilities through age 21) - free of charge and regardless of income - beginning May 31 through August 1 (except for July 3 & 4). The summer program is funded through the USDA and implemented at no cost to the district.

Summer meals will be distributed at five different locations. Click here to view the complete Summer Food Service Program schedule.
Families are reminded to re-apply for free or reduced meal prices. Applications must be submitted on an annual basis and to qualify for next school year, you must submit your free/reduced application AFTER July 10, 2023.


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